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Best Hotels in Rural Yorkshire

The largest county in England and one of the most rural and unspoilt, Yorkshire contains two National Parks, the Yorkshire Dales National Park in the west and the North York Moors National Park in the East, both areas of outstanding natural beauty. So it’s no surprise that some of the best hotels in rural Yorkshire are also some of the best places to stay when visiting the county.

The countryside surrounding our picks for the best hotels in Rural Yorkshire is never dull: the heather-smothered Moors are wild and awe-inspiring, whilst the Dales are gentler, their lush valleys interspersed with bare brown fells.

Some of our hotels are in the depths of the countryside, others in hamlets or rural villages, but all provide a comfortable base for enjoying the challenging and rewarding walks, historic sights and stunning scenery which makes this such a fantastic place to visit.

The Best Hotels in Rural Yorkshire

The Best Hotels in Rural Yorkshire in the Yorkshire Dales National Park

The Angel Inn at Hetton is a former cattle drovers' inn, parts of which are over 500 years old, or try The Traddock near Clapham, a welcoming Georgian country house hotel on the edge of the National Park, with lovely views and a good restaurant serving local food.

The Best Hotels in Rural Yorkshire in the North York Moors National Park

The Black Swan has a superb location in the centre of Helmsley, and has plenty of charm, with genuine creaky wooden floorboards and a really lovely outlook. Or try the Star Inn in Harome, a relaxed pub with eight rooms and Michelin star cooking.

The Best Hotels in Rural Yorkshire to Relax in

The Charles Bathurst Inn has spectacular views of the Yorkshire dales and despite being an 18th Century conversion, has light modern rooms and hearty food.

The Best Hotels in Rural Yorkshire for Walkers

The Lister Arms near Malham is a good spot for walkers: situated on the Pennine Way, it has a cosy popular bar, comfortable bedrooms and good home cooking, or you could try the Punch Bowl Inn, which has great views and a very friendly bar.

The Best Hotels in Rural Yorkshire for a Special Occasion

The Devonshire Arms Country House Hotel and Spa, on the Duke of Devonshire's Bolton Abbey Estate, has a Michelin-starred restaurant as well as a brasserie, and the spa facilities are top class. Also with a Michelin star is the Yorke Arms, a traditional village inn with cosy rooms and elegant public areas.

The Best Hotels in Rural Yorkshire for Families

The Devonshire Fell Hotel is a pub with rooms in the pretty village of Burnsall, with bright decor, generous sized rooms and a friendly atmosphere, or you could splurge at the Swinton Park Hotel, an impressive castle hotel set in a 200 acre park full of family entertainments.

The Best Hotels in Rural Yorkshire for Great Value

The Boar's Head Hotel is an elegant old coaching inn near Harrogate, packed with antiques and art and a good restaurant. Rooms start from around £100 per night.

The Best Hotels in Rural Yorkshire for Escaping

The Burgoyne Hotel is a welcoming village inn with a country house feel and beautiful rural views. They also have an excellent restaurant. As does the Sportsman's Arms, an old fashioned county hotel in the outstandingly beautiful Nidd valley.

If you haven’t found your idea of the best hotels in rural Yorkshire on our Guru’s list then you could:

The Best Hotels in Rural Yorkshire:

  • Boar's Head Hotel 25 rooms from £107

    Nr Harrogate, Yorkshire

    The Old Coaching Inn on the Ripley Castle Estate offers an elegant, intimate stay with classic rooms filled with antiques and paintings. Both formal and bistro dining is popular with guests and the locals. Visit nearby Harrogate, explore the Yorkshire Dales and the 14th Century castle.

    Country Escape  -  A perfect spot to getaway from it all, nestled in the extensive grounds of Ripley Castle and surrounded by the Yorkshire Dales.
    Sights nearby  -  On the same estate as Ripley Castle, guests must be sure to check out this 14th Century country house and gardens.
    Great walks  -  Explore the limestones valleys on the neighbouring Yorkshire Dales National Park.
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
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  • Angel Inn 9 rooms from £150

    Near Skipton, Yorkshire

    15th Century drovers' inn turned in the 1950s to a popular pub in the Dales. Oak beams and chic interiors make the comfortable rooms ooze character. The restaurant serves excellent modern British food. Do not miss a chance to explore the wine cave. Great walking from the door.

    Foodies  -  Knockout food crafted from the finest ingrediants, former owner was dubbed “Godfather of the Gastropub”.
    Country Escape  -  An ideal escape surrounded by wonderful walking in the Yorkshire countryside.
    Great walks  -  Between the world heritage sights and the rolling hills and beautiful valleys, a walk is definitely in order.
    Sights nearby  -  Close to Skipton Castle and Bolton Abbey.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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  • Swinton Park Hotel 32 rooms from £150

    Ripon, Yorkshire

    Striking, castle-like stately-home set in sweeping parkland and offering plenty of on-site activities from fishing and golf to a cookery school and sleek spa. Vast rooms, beautiful views and a choice of two restaurants.

    Cooking classes  -  Variety of courses run throughout the year at the on site cookery school
    Garden  -  200 acres of parkland
    Great walks  -  Trekking up to the moorland Dales
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Frommers
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  • Charles Bathurst Inn 19 rooms from £95

    Arkengarthdale, Yorkshire

    Spectacular views of the Yorkshire Dales from this convivial converted 18th-century inn. Light modern characterful rooms. Hearty British food served in cosy surrounds. Ideal walking and cycling country. A fine country escape.

    Back to Nature  -  Situated in the spectacular Yorkshire Dales
    Active Holiday  -  Ideal for walkers, cyclers and horse riders
    Great walks  -  The rural, rugged dales provide miles of walking territory
    Local markets  -  Centred between several small market towns
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  • Burgoyne Hotel 8 rooms from £102

    Richmond, Yorkshire

    Welcoming village hotel with a country house feel. Plush, comfortable rooms with superb outlooks. Excellent modern British Dinners served in an elegant restaurant. Set in a stunning part of the Dales ideal for all manner of outdoor pursuits. A great escape for urbanites.

    Sights nearby  -  Explore one of the many nearby castles including Richmond, Bolton and Middleham
    Fishing  -  Fishing in Thornton Steward Reservoir and the River Swale
    Great walks  -  An abundance of walking routes directly from the hotel
    Restrictions on children  -  Children cannot be accommodated
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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  • Star Inn 8 rooms from £150

    Harome, Yorkshire

    Michelin-starred gastropub-with-rooms in a peaceful farming village, close to the North York Moors. Comfortably rustic rooms in hunting-lodge style, free-ranging hens plus warm, friendly service create a genuinely relaxed atmosphere.

    Foodies  -  A north Yorkshire restaurant through and through which holds one Michelin Star
    Great walks  -  Circular walks from the pub or longer hikes
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the medieval Hemsley Castle
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
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  • Yorke Arms 15 rooms from £345

    near Harrogate, Yorkshire

    Michelin-starred food at this superb traditional village inn in the rolling Dales. Cosy, traditional rooms, some with mahogany four poster beds. An outstanding location for trekkers or 'view admirers' alike. Food to impress even the harshest of critics. A rural abode in full perfection.

    Restaurant  -  Held one Michelin Star since 2003
    Great walks  -  Build an appetite on a long walk starting right from the hotel door
    Restrictions on children  -  Allows 'young adults'
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Fodors
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  • The Devonshire Arms Hotel and Spa 40 rooms from £168

    Skipton, Yorkshire

    The former Coaching Inn on the Duke of Devonshire's Bolton Abbey estate is now a romantic hideaway spa hotel. Classic rooms exude comfort and style. 3 AA Rosette fine dining, a brasserie, indoor pool and stunning parkland setting makes this a popular place for families, wedding parties and romance.

    Hideaway  -  Mouthwatering food, wonderful service, plenty of activities and old school suites complete with fourposters and walk in showers.
    Active Holiday  -  With miles of walking, plus clay pigeon shooting, fly-fishing, and falconry available at Bolton Abbey Estate.
    Fishing  -  Fly fishing for brown trout and grayling along a 4.5 mile stretch of River Wharfe.
    Great walks  -  Ask at reception for some of well trodden and loved walking routes in the area.
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels
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  • Devonshire Fell Hotel 16 rooms from £139

    Burnsall, Yorkshire

    Colourful, contemporary-style hotel, on the Duke of Devonshire’s Yorkshire estate, with stunning views over a picturesque Wharfedale village. Ideally placed for walks, exploring local villages or picnicking by the river.

    Foodies  -  Feast on the locally sourced 1AA Rosette cuisine in the stylish restaurant, followed by a drink in the cosy bar.
    Country Escape  -  On the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, surrounded by rolling hills and scenic country.
    Great walks  -  Bring your dog and head out rambling among rolling hills, country lanes and along the River Wharfe.
    Sights nearby  -  The UNESCO heritage sights of Bolton Abbey Estate and Fountains Abbey are a short drive away.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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  • Sportsman's Arms 11 rooms from £120

    Wath-in-Nidderdale, Yorkshire

    Old fashioned country hotel in the Nidd valley, popular with walkers. Outstanding countryside. Simple rooms but standout food.

    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
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  • The Traddock 12 rooms from £125

    Austwick, Yorkshire

    Comfortable, charming Georgian country house hotel in stunning surroundings on the edge of the Dales. A picturesque garden, cosy bedrooms and sitting room. Award-winning restaurant with organic food and lovely views. Great country pursuits on the doorstep - a good spot for cyclists.

    Foodies  -  Award winning restaurant, serving organic, locally sourced food
    Country Escape  -  Seemingly endless outdoor activities available
    Kayaking  -  With Yorkshire Dales Guides
    Great walks  -  "Three Peaks" of Whernside
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide, Johansens, Sawdays
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  • Punch Bowl Inn, Yorkshire 11 rooms from £95

    Richmond, Yorkshire

    A charming and characterful 17th century coaching inn in the village of Low Row. Sister hotel to the Charles Bathurst - simple, comfortable with fantastic food and excellent location. Stylish rooms offer fantastic views of the prime walking country of the Yorkshire Dales.

    Groups  -  Enjoy the special package for groups, offering you afternoon tea, champagne reception, full breakfast and a three course meal.
    Country Escape  -  A wonderful retreat from city life, long walks, comfy beds, plenty of pints and hearty meals.
    Sights nearby  -  Half an hours drive brings you to the town of Richmond, famed for its Georgian Theatre and Richmond Castle.
    Great walks  -  An ideal location for exploring the many walking routes through the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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  • Black Swan at Helmsley 45 rooms from £185

    Helmsley, Yorkshire

    A historic former coaching inn turned smart hotel in the charming market town of Helmsley. Bedrooms offer a choice between quirky and original or country-contemporary. Guests love the sleek, fine-dining restaurant, pretty tearoom and lovely walled garden. An elegant escape close to the Moors.

    Foodies  -  Foodies will love the award winning restaurant, where everything is made in house using only the best of Yorkshire's produce.
    Local exploring  -  A well situated base for exploring this picturesque market town and right on the edge of the Moors.
    Great walks  -  Make the most of the over 1,400 miles of country paths and tracks around Ryedale.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the ruins of Helmsley Castle that overlook the town.
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  • The Lister Arms 9 rooms from £80

    nr Skipton, Yorkshire

    A gloriously situated coaching inn, on the Pennine Way, in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Pretty rooms with soft hues and lovely views. Unwind in the buzzy bar with dogs, fires and home cooking. The perfect base for walkers and those looking for some peace and tranquility.

    Country Escape  -  Enjoy great ales and food at this postcard pretty inn situated in the National Trust's Malham village.
    Great walks  -  Explore In the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park section of the National Trial, Pennine Way.
    Sights nearby  -  Guests should visit the pretty market town of Skipton.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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Written by Fiona Duncan

posted Friday, 12th February 2010
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